U.S. Military Services


General and Special Operations

Topics included here:

1. General Army Intelligence

2. Special Operations

1. General Army Intelligence

Childs, J. Rives. "My Recollections of G2.A.6." Cryptologia 2, no. 2 (Apr. 1978): 201-214.

Craig, J.P., et. al. A Brief Story of the G-2 Section, GHQ, SWPA and Affiliated Units. Tokyo: U.S. Army Far East Command, 1948. [Petersen]

Cryptolog. Editors. "U.S. Army Radio Intelligence Section: A Brief History." 15, no. 4 (Summer 1994): 6.

"From a declassified U.S. Army document."

Gilbert, James L., and John Patrick Finnegan, eds. U.S. Army Signal Intelligence in World War II: A Documentary History. Washington, DC: GPO, 1993.

Surveillant 3.2/3: "U.S. Signal Security Agency, Cryptology and Military Intelligence History Sources World War, 1939-1945."

Guelker, Francis. "A Cryptographer's War Memories." Cryptologia 8, no. 3 (Jul. 1984): 203-207.

Petersen: "An Army cryptographer from Normandy to Germany."

King, Michael J. Rangers: Selected Combat Operations in World War II. Ft. Leavenworth, KS: Combat Studies Institute, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 1985.

Ladd, James. Commandos and Rangers of World War II. London: Macdonald and Jane's, 1978. London: David & Charles, 1989. [pb] New York: Sterling, 1989. Rockville, MD: Wildside Press, 1989.

From publisher: This book offers "insight into the methods and equipment of the Commando and Ranger units, including the special tactics and techniques which they developed to spearhead the Allied invasions. It includes personal and eye-witness accounts, which aid understanding of the campaigns and their aims and achievements."

Laurie, Clayton D. The Propaganda Warriors: America's Crusade Against Nazi Germany. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1996.

Hoffman, FA 75.5 (Sep.-Oct. 1996), notes that the author "focuses on the difficulties and rivalries that plagued the agencies that were put in charge" of U.S. efforts to combat Nazi propaganda with a matching propaganda campaign. These agencies included the OSS' Moral Operations Branch, the Army's Psychological Warfare Division, and the Office of War Information (OWI). Laurie "concludes that the 'winning weapon in psychological warfare' was finally developed by the Army,... [b]ut there is no attempt here to provide evidence regarding the success of all these policies."

McCormack, Alfred. The History of Special Branch, M.I.S. in World War II. Laguna Hills, CA: Aegean Park Press, 1994.

Surveillant 4.1: This is a "reprint of two declassified reports from the National Archives" -- SRH-116 and SRH-035. Together, they "provide an excellent historical review of Special Branch and the great value of the SSOs during WWII."

Rosengarten, Adolf G., Jr. "With Ultra from Omaha Beach to Weimar Germany -- A Personal View." Military Affairs 42 (Oct. 1978): 127-132.


2. Special Operations

Adleman, Robert H., and George Walton. The Devil's Brigade. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2004.

From publisher: "The story of the ferocious and stealthy special forces' Devil's Brigade of World War II."

Hogan, David W., Jr. U.S. Army Special Operations in World War II. CMH Publication 70-42. Washington, DC: Department of the Army, 1992.

This is an excellent introduction to the units and activities of Army special operations in World War II. For someone coming to the subject with a minimum of background, this is the place to begin. Click for the Table of Contents.

Nadler, John. A Perfect Hell: The True Story of the FSSF, Forgotten Commandos of the Second World War. Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2005. A Perfect Hell: The True Story of the Black Devils, the Forefathers of the Special Forces. New York: Presidio, 2006. [pb]

DKR, AFIO WIN 5-06 (30 Jan. 2006) says that this book "tells the story of the First Special Service Force [FSSF]. Made up of volunteers from the US and Canadian armies,... [i]t participated in the assault against the German winter line in southern Italy, the defense of the Anzio beachhead, the liberation of Rome and the invasion of southern France. Its nickname, the Black Devils [Schwartzer Teufel], was conferred by the much larger German force it fought at Anzio."

For McClain, Air & Space Power Journal 21.3 (Fall 2007), this book is "[m]ore than a compilation of historical facts and figures"; it allows the reader "to sit down with the survivors" of the First Special Service Force (FSSF) "and hear their own words.... A very readable book with no discernable historical flaws, A Perfect Hell has my highest recommendation."

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